IN LOVE WITH // KENTUCKY

written by Au Pair in America July 2, 2019

We thought it was about time again to feature one of our more under-appreciated states in the USA – the home of both the light bulb as well as a very famous fast food chain! That’s right, this time around, we’re heading to Kentucky!

“Kentucky, known as the Bluegrass State because of the gorgeous “blue-hued” grass that grows here, is one of the most beautiful states in the country! We are the horse capital of the world. Our southern hospitality, breathtaking nature, and fascinating history are second to none!”

🌳 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Hodgenville
🌳 Fort Boonesborough State Park. Frontier fort & historical site in Richmond
🌳 Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Perryville

πŸ› Frazier History Museum. The only museum in the world in partnership with the tower of London granted permission to exhibit rare historical artifacts from Great Britain in addition to amazing exhibits relating to American History including rare Native- American relics, Louisville
πŸ› National Corvette Museum. Bowling Green
πŸ› Kentucky Derby Museum. Louisville
πŸ› Muhammad Ali Museum and Cultural Center. Louisville
πŸ› Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Louisville

πŸ“ Old State Capitol. Frankfort
πŸ“ Mary Todd Lincoln House. Lexington

πŸš‚ Historic RailPark and Train Museum. Bowling Green

🐠 Newport Aquarium. Newport

🌎 Mammoth Caves. Largest underground cave system in the world, Cave City

πŸ₯ƒ Kentucky, the birthplace of Bourbon. The state Kentucky has 68 distilleries which craft over 95% of the world’s bourbon. Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, and Wild Turkey are just a few of famous brands who distill their world-renowned Bourbon in the Bluegrass State. Most distilleries offer tours of their facilities and samplings of their products.

🐎 Churchill Downs. Thoroughbred racetrack & home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville
🐎 Kentucky Derby. Annually held horse race, on the first Saturday in May, every year since 1875, Louisville

πŸ“ Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Hodgenville

🌳 One of the country’s best State Park systems. Kentucky has 46 fabulous state parks, spanning lake shorelines, stunning Appalachian mountains, winding caves, majestic woodlands. Unparalleled camping, hiking, cave exploration, canoeing, kayaking, rustic cabin rentals, and luxurious lodge accommodations galore!

πŸš— Toyota Manufacturing Plant & Visitor Center. Georgetown

πŸ” “Southern” Cuisine. The delicious “Kentucky Hot Brown” sandwich was invented in 1926 by a chef at the famous Brown Hotel in Louisville, and has remained a classic favorite ever since. Owensboro is known for its unique style of barbeque; Catfish and hushpuppies are favorites throughout the state; and, of course, the world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken was born here, and the international KFC headquarters is located in Louisville.

🐷 KY Farms. Farms are one of the many things that this wonderful state is known for, e.g. the Sun Valley Farm in Versailles (KY) or the Claiborne Farm in Paris (KY)

πŸ‘€ Factory & industrial tours:

🏭 Louisville Slugger Factory Tour. Louisville
🏭 Toyota Visitor Center and Plant Tour. Georgetown
🏭 Jim Beam Distillery Tour. Clermont
🏭 Ale-8-One Factory Tour. Winchester
🏭 Louisville Glassworks Tour. Louisville
🏭 Kentucky Cooperage Tour. Lebanon
🏭 Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory Tour. Frankfort
🏭 Tour the American Printing House for the Blind. Louisville

🎭 Shakespeare in the Park Festival. May 29-August 4 2019, Louisville
🎭 “My Old Kentucky Home” amphitheater shows. Bardstown

🎨 St James Court Art Show. End September / beginning October,
Louisville

🎺 Great American Brass Band Festival. Mid June, Danville

πŸ’ƒ Kentucky Renaissance Fair. Beginning June – mid July,
Eminence

πŸŽ·πŸ– Blues & Barbecue Festival. Mid July, Louisville

πŸ– International Bar-B-Q Festival. Mid May, Owensboro

🎡 Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival. Beginning September, Louisville
🎡 Garvin Gate Blues Festival. Early October, Louisville

🎑 Kentucky State Fair. Mid August, Louisville
🎑 Trail of Tears Pow-Wow (Native American Heritage Festival). Beginning September, Hopkinsville
🎑 Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Mid September, Bardstown
🎑 World Chicken Festival. End of September, London

🐎 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Late April, Lexington
🐎 The Kentucky Derby and Derby Festival. May, Louisville

πŸŽͺ American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show. Late April, Paducah

🚒 Belle of Louisville streamboat. For fantastic views of the Ohio river, Louisville

πŸ”₯ Kentucky Motor Speedway. For incredible views of Nascar racing, Sparta

🎨 Floodwall Murals. Paducah

🌳 Mammoth Cave National Park

🌊 Cumberland Falls. Whitley County

πŸŒ… Red River Gorge Geological Area. Stanton

πŸŒ‰ Big Four Bridge. Louisville

πŸ’° More than $6 billion worth of gold is stored in underground vaults in the United States gold depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky, located on the Ft. Knox army base. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world!

🐎 The Kentucky Derby is the longest-running horse race in the United States.

πŸŽ† The opening ceremony of the Kentucky Derby is called “Thunder Over Louisville”, and it features the world’s largest fireworks show!

πŸ— The fast food chain “Kentucky Fried Chicken” really did originate in Kentucky!

🎡 … and so did the classic birthday tune “Happy Birthday To You” in 1893!

πŸ’‘ It was Louisville where Thomas Edison first introduced one of his biggest inventions: the light bulb!

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